Guitar Lessons by Marty B

Glendale, California, United States

Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Guitar, Guitar: Acoustic, Guitar: Slide

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Afro-Cuban Rhythm, Big Band, Bluegrass, Blues, Classical, Country, Disco, Jazz, Latin, New Age, R&B, Reggae, Rock & Roll, Showtunes

In Person, Remote

The main four elements to study are Melody,Harmony, Rhythm and Instrument Technique. Melodyis a series of notes played one at a time, Harmony is the combination of notes, Rhythm is the placement of notes in time and Technique is the physical aspect of playing music.

Though I’ve further broken these four subjects down to twenty areas of application, these are the four main areas to become skilled at. Within these subjects are all the specifics such as scales, chords, grooving, theory, ear training, etc.

A beginner mainly needs technique to get rolling; a more advanced player might need rhythm and ear training, and well… it breaks down how ever it does according to the consultation information and the student’s interest.

A most important part of studying music is being INTERESTED in what you are studying. When you are working on the things you need the most in order to do what you want to do it can be easy to remain interested.

Musical Specifics

TECHNIQUE: left hand, right hand, picking, strumming, finger picking, bowing, plucking, slapping.
MELODY: major & minor scales, arpeggios, pentatonic scales, blues scales, other scales. Theory, fingerings and application to soloing, song writing and improvising.
HARMONY: chords, chord progressions & intervals.
RHYTHM: time, meter, sub-beats, grooves, phrasing.
READING & NOTATION: chord charts, notes, rhythms, full notation, all chart types, transcribing.


Left hand technique.
Right hand technique. (Picking and finger picking.)
Basic theory.
Learning how to get around on the neck (fingerings).
Playing chords.
How to use the controls on your instrument and amp.


Playing songs you like.
Rhythm skills for grooving: strumming, accompaniment.
Independence skills: learning to sing and play at the same time.
Rhythm skills for soloing and singing.
Tonal skills for playing songs, soloing, understanding music and: scales, arpeggios, pentatonic & blues scales and interval studies.
Harmonic understanding: chord types and chord progressions.

Location: 1277 S. Adams St., Glendale, California 91205, United States

Guitar Lessons by Marty B
Playing guitar harnesses both the power of a storm and the calmness of a smooth lake: it creates emotional balance.

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1277 S. Adams St.
Glendale, California 91205
United States

(818) 517-3164

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